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Several North Brooklyn Chefs Among James Beard Award Semifinalists

Josh Ku and Tigg Brown of Win Son are being considered for the Outstanding Chef award. (Google Maps)

Feb. 28, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan

Four chefs from three North Brooklyn restaurants have been selected as semifinalists for this year’s James Beard Awards, one of the culinary world’s top honors.

Josh Ku and Tigg Brown of Win Son, and Erik Ramirez of Llama Inn are being considered for the Outstanding Chef: NYC award. 

Chef Missy Robbins of Williamsburg’s Lilia, an Italian restaurant serving classic dishes and homemade pasta, was nominated in the overall Outstanding Chef category. 

Finalists in the nationwide event will be chosen later next month, with winners selected in early May.

Ramirez, previously of Eleven Madison Park and Raymi in Manhattan, is being recognized for the wide-ranging menu of seasonal shared-plate Peruvian dishes he serves up at Llama Inn, located at 50 Withers St.

At Win Son, located at 159 Graham Ave., Ku and Tigg are known for their Taiwanese-American cooking, with a menu featuring scallion pancakes, pork buns, and sesame noodles.

Robbins, who trained in Italy early in her career, previously worked as the executive chef for A Voce restaurants where she earned Michelin stars for the brand’s Madison and Columbus locations, before going on to open Lilia at 567 Union Ave. in 2016.

Other local restaurants are also being considered for James Beard Awards. Ops, a pizzeria in Bushwick, was nominated under the Outstanding Wine Program category.

The awards, in its 29th year, is set up by the James Beard Foundation and recognizes culinary achievement across several categories including dining destinations by region, outstanding baker, and rising star chefs.

Finalists will be announced on March 27, at the James Beard Foundation’s Media and Restaurant Design Awards in Houston. Winners will be chosen at the 2019 James Beard Awards Gala, which will take place on May 6, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

For a full list of nominees, click here.

Lilia at 567 Union Ave. (Google Maps)


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